Portland Walking Tours

From Dark Secrets to Dark Chocolate, Portland Walking Tours Kicks-off 2008 Season April 1st

March 26th, 2008

Media Advisory


WHAT:
Portland Walking Tours is back with a series of walks offering a guided glimpse of the Rose City, Portland, Ore. The tours have won various awards including: “Best City Tours,” “Best of Portland,” and “Top 10 Things to Do this Summer,” by national and local media. From culture fiends and architecture buffs to wine lovers and foodies, the 2008 tour season will appeal to visitors and natives alike.

  • Best of Portland – Sometimes referred to by fans as the “Portland 101″ tour, this walk explores the city’s art and architecture, as well as issues of livability, transit and Portland culture. The tour route works its way through the downtown shopping hub, the shady elm trees of the Park Blocks and ends with a stroll along the waterfront.
  • Underground Portland – A treat for lovers of all things sinister – crime, scandal and unsavory characters – the Underground Portland tour winds through Old Town, exposing the sordid side of the fair city of Portland. In the end, walkers are led beneath the floorboards to check out entrances to the legendary “Shanghai Tunnels” and explore the dark underbelly of the city.
  • Beyond Bizarre – Armed with real ghost hunting equipment, walkers will meander down shadowy streets to reveal Portland’s weird, wacky and paranormal side. Those brave enough to encounter the creepy crawl will play witness to outer-worldly things most never experience.
  • Epicurean Excursion -This culinary journey through the Pearl District leads walkers behind-the-scenes to taste, sip and savor some of our city’s finest flavors. From the award-winning Bridgeport Brewery to fresh, local ingredients in the back room of the Pearl Bakery, the Epicurean Excursion is the perfect way to get a “taste” of Portland.

WHEN:

  • Best of Portland – 10 a.m. daily
  • Underground Portland – 2 p.m. daily
  • Beyond Bizarre – 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (21+) – Fridays and Saturdays
  • Epicurean Excursion – 10 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

WHERE:
New in 2008, tours start from three separate locations:

  • Best of Portland Tour – starts outside the Broadway entrance of the Hilton Hotel at SW Broadway & Salmon
  • Underground Portland Tour – starts outside of Old Town Pizza at 226 NW Davis St. (between NW 2nd & 3rd Ave)
  • Beyond Bizarre – starts outside of Old Town Pizza at 226 NW Davis St. (between NW 2nd & 3rd Ave)
  • Epicurean Excursion – Starts inside the Heathman Hotel on the mezzanine level (in hotel library) at 1001 SW Broadway & Salmon

COST:
The cost for the Best of Portland tour, Underground Portland tour or Beyond Bizarre tour is $19 for adults and $15 for seniors and youth. One child under 12 years old is free with any paying adult. These tours cover less than two miles and last less than two and a half hours.

The Epicurean Excursion is $59 each for all ages and includes food, beverage and transportation. The Epicurean Excursion is limited to 16 people per tour, covers less than two miles and lasts approximately three and a half hours.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended for all tours.

CONTACT:
Portland Walking Tours
503-774-4522
www.portlandwalkingtours.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Erica Erland
Maxwell PR
503-231-3086

About Portland Walking Tours
Portland Walking Tours, a division of Hometown Advantage, offers guided tours exploring Portland’s food, history, art, architecture, fountains, parks and neighborhoods. Private walking tours and school field trips are also available. Parent company Hometown Advantage, www.hometownadvantage.com, provides event and meeting planning services including customized group tours throughout the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge as well as, step-on guides, transportation services and entertainment. The 24-hour Portland Walking Tours information and ticketing line is 503-774-4522. Additional information and online ticketing are available at www.portlandwalkingtours.com.

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